Chile 'Being under the trees'

Teresa Moller

Teresa Moller’s work is known for its poetry, which she achieves through simple means of design. Her Garden Cabinet “Being under the Trees” plays with the interaction between geometric arrangement and natural movements
and processes. She emphasises that she benefits from nature while she works with it in her projects. The basis of her concept for the IGA is a forest-like garden of Nothofagus trees indigenous to Chile. Like the farmers
who earlier shaped and structured the land – for example, by digging drainage ditches – Teresa Moller also shapes her garden using lines that provide its structure. The planting of Nothofagus trees proceeds along these
staked lines. More-or-less randomly placed raw marble slabs create a surface for visitors to move freely about the garden without having to follow a prescribed route. Small benches made from fragments of raw marble invite
visitors to linger, relax and dream. The aim of “Being under the Trees” is to recreate a garden characteristic of Chile using simple materials such as travertine marble extracted from the country’s north and the indigenous Nothofagus trees from the south, both emblematic of the Chilean landscape. The garden is an homage to the country’s natural beauty. It will surrender to the powers of nature – no limits will be placed on the proliferation of the vegetation and its overgrowth on the marble slabs.

Teresa Moller

Teresa Moller works in Santiago, where she occupies herself intensively with the landscape of her native Chile. Precise observation of what lies before her informs all her designs and work processes. Diversity shapes her work methods: at the start of each project, the area’s elements that are worth protecting are identified and the natural environment, ecology and local architectural traditions are assessed. In Teresa Moller’s own words: “Exploring the landscape in order to fully appreciate what is existing in the site is always my first step.” Thus, every project is a direct and unique result of its environment. The work has an architectural base, a geometry that structures the
landscape over which the vegetation interacts more freely. Her work is characterized by its simplicity and Teresa strongly believes that in that simplicity lies its force. In her native Chile she has been able to realise projects at locations ranging from the Atacama Desert in the north to the Lakes Region in the south, as well as from the Pacific coast in the east to the Andes mountain range in the west. Of particular note is her Punta Pite, a walking trail 20 km long on a strip of coastline jutting out into the sea north of Santiago, and, in striking contrast, her Parque de la Punta, with old cypress trees, orchids and other indigenous species, which provides a point of departure and destination for the coastal walks.

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Teresa Moller Büro, Santiago

Contracting authority Grün Berlin 2017 GmbH for the state of Berlin, Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection
Financing The measures are being financed with federal and state funding as part of the joint task aimed at improving the regional economic structure and co-financed by the Senate Department for Environment, Transport and Climate Protection.
Opening date 13 April 2017 for the IGA Berlin 2017